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post #1 of 17
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Hello, I just joined, but i have a few driver questions.

I was about a 6hcp before college, but now that I'm here I don't play as much so I've dropped to about a 12.  I currently own a R9 stiff 9.5, but i hit it really high. I was curious if anyone had anything newish to recommend as I want to upgrade/get something with a lower launch. I'm not looking at anything brand new as i can't afford anything 400+ but anything 300 and under I'm game for. Thanks and i look forward to using this forum and site alot in the future.

post #2 of 17
One of the larger golf stores such as Golfsmith should be able to fit you with a used, demo, or even new but last year(or two year) driver in the $300 range. Local clubmakers(which is usually my choice) can also accomodate you if you have a better idea of the head/shaft combination you are looking for. The only downside is the onsite selection might not be as wide.
post #3 of 17
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Just an update, today I played and hit everything amazing. Best ive hit since i was a 6hcp 2 years ago and i feel like im at a great starting point for this season. I was bombing my driver, but it was windy today and i started to notice that instead of a high launch its more of a balloning issue. so im wondering what my options are? And don't say my swing because im not hitting it bad just too high.

post #4 of 17
I would say a lower loft but also combine that with a low-launch shaft. It will help solve that ballooning effect and you might even carry the ball further. Like said earlier just get fit for a club. Good luck with your search.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
Yeah but I guess my question is what drivers would you recommend that like I said is about 300 or less with these specs
post #6 of 17
I used to have an R9 but picked up a new driver because of the same issue you're having. I ended up picking up the new cally razr fit xtreme. It may be worth demoing and trying to pick up a used one. It greatly improved my spin.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by RVAHokie View Post

Yeah but I guess my question is what drivers would you recommend that like I said is about 300 or less with these specs


I just bought a Titleist 910 D3 last week and fell in love with it. If you're asking for recommendations on what you could try, that's my recommendation. Of course, try it on a monitor and see if it works for you. You can get one used for $150-220 and I have heard several people tell me that this year's 913 that just now came out is not that much different from the 910 to justify paying $400-500 for it. Most people I know are only saying that the feel is slightly more responsive, they had little to no gain in yardage and noticed a different sound at impact.

Edit: The resale value according to PGA Value Guide is still hovering around $150-160.00 for one in good/very good condition (a rating of 3 or 4 out of 5)

post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Spyder View Post


I just bought a Titleist 910 D3 last week and fell in love with it. If you're asking for recommendations on what you could try, that's my recommendation. Of course, try it on a monitor and see if it works for you. You can get one used for $150-220 and I have heard several people tell me that this year's 913 that just now came out is not that much different from the 910 to justify paying $400-500 for it. Most people I know are only saying that the feel is slightly more responsive, they had little to no gain in yardage and noticed a different sound at impact.

That seems to be what you find when you look for low launch low spin drivers, my question i guess is do you find the smaller head to be an issue in terms of mishits or when its off center?

post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by RVAHokie View Post

That seems to be what you find when you look for low launch low spin drivers, my question i guess is do you find the smaller head to be an issue in terms of mishits or when its off center?

 

I actually prefer the smaller, pear-shaped, "classic" looking head as opposed to the giant 460cc heads on the market right now. I was previously using a Cobra S3 which had a more elliptical shape (narrow in height, but wider to promote more forgiveness in mishits on the high toe and low heel). I typically do not miss the center of the club face by much when I do miss it, so giving up the monstrosity that was my S3 was not a problem in terms of making contact near the sweet spot. In reality, for me, the smaller looking head on the Titleist promotes more awareness of where the face of the club is throughout my swing because it makes me feel like my room for error is substantially smaller now... even though in reality (again, for me...) it is not.

The shaft that I chose is also a major benefit to my game, as well as the 9.5° loft. I play mine on the A1 setting and I now have a much more boring ball flight, which is a good thing. Previously, I was ballooning my drives into the stratosphere and carrying between 250-260 (occasionally grab one with some wind at 270-280) with zero roll-out. In fact, the ball would often come to rest behind the ball mark.

Now, I am typically carrying the ball right right around 250-260 still but I am getting almost 20-25 yards of roll-out. Of course, this depends on ideal conditions and the slope of the fairway, how wet it is, etc.

The general point I am making is that I noticed a true, night and day difference between drivers and I do not see myself getting rid of, or replacing, this driver in a very long time unless I get a very good deal on a 913 D3.

The SureFit setting that you use, as well as your swing speed/tempo, loft and shaft you select is going to all factor in to your ball flight though.

post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by Spyder View Post

 

I actually prefer the smaller, pear-shaped, "classic" looking head as opposed to the giant 460cc heads on the market right now. I was previously using a Cobra S3 which had a more elliptical shape (narrow in height, but wider to promote more forgiveness in mishits on the high toe and low heel). I typically do not miss the center of the club face by much when I do miss it, so giving up the monstrosity that was my S3 was not a problem in terms of making contact near the sweet spot. In reality, for me, the smaller looking head on the Titleist promotes more awareness of where the face of the club is throughout my swing because it makes me feel like my room for error is substantially smaller now... even though in reality (again, for me...) it is not.

The shaft that I chose is also a major benefit to my game, as well as the 9.5° loft. I play mine on the A1 setting and I now have a much more boring ball flight, which is a good thing. Previously, I was ballooning my drives into the stratosphere and carrying between 250-260 (occasionally grab one with some wind at 270-280) with zero roll-out. In fact, the ball would often come to rest behind the ball mark.

Now, I am typically carrying the ball right right around 250-260 still but I am getting almost 20-25 yards of roll-out. Of course, this depends on ideal conditions and the slope of the fairway, how wet it is, etc.

The general point I am making is that I noticed a true, night and day difference between drivers and I do not see myself getting rid of, or replacing, this driver in a very long time unless I get a very good deal on a 913 D3.

The SureFit setting that you use, as well as your swing speed/tempo, loft and shaft you select is going to all factor in to your ball flight though.

This was a great review. Im always scared to buy anything used off of the internet, but I may go to a golf galaxy or buy a new one off of the internet if i really love it.

post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 

And which of the shafts did you go with i know it comes with a few options.

post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by RVAHokie View Post

And which of the shafts did you go with i know it comes with a few options.

 

I tested the best with the Project X 6.0 7C3 Tour.

post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 

Oh so you got fitted. I probably wouldnt because of the extra cost (being a college kid sucks) but do you know anything about the standard shafts that come stock?

post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by RVAHokie View Post

Oh so you got fitted. I probably wouldnt because of the extra cost (being a college kid sucks) but do you know anything about the standard shafts that come stock?

The shaft that I referenced is actually a stock option (I'm 90% sure at least....). As for the others, you may be better asking Titleist or researching. I did well with the Aldila option as well, but tighter dispersion with the PX.
post #15 of 17
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all i see online is the aldila and diamana as options, but you may be right.

post #16 of 17
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So i have been looking and i might buy a used 910D3 8.5 or 9.5 head and a new aldila RIP alpha 70. Would this combo give me the low launch and low spin im looking for? another question is if i do this combo i need to make sure the head has the shaft sleeve correct?

post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by RVAHokie View Post

So i have been looking and i might buy a used 910D3 8.5 or 9.5 head and a new aldila RIP alpha 70. Would this combo give me the low launch and low spin im looking for? another question is if i do this combo i need to make sure the head has the shaft sleeve correct?


Well, I would not be able to accurately tell you whether you would achieve the stated 'low launch' that the shaft's specs show. However, you would most likely end up with a more 'piercing' flight and lower trajectory. Also, the 9.5 can adjust down to an 8.5, so that part does not really matter much.
 

The SureFit adapter is actually attached to the shaft, not the head, so as long as you either buy a shaft that has it equipped on it or buy the SureFit Adapter/Sleeve with Ferrule on eBay, or from a retailer, you should be all set.

Personally, I would recommend calling 1-888-TITLEIST to inquire about the adapter though. You can give them your serial number to verify authenticity and they should be able to hook you up.

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